- Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted into various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort, most times no pain. People often don’t feel them inserted at all. The typical treatment uses 5 to 20 needles, depends the practitioner can use more. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
- Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
- Needle removal. In most cases, the needles with Electric Stimulation and Infrared Heat Lamp, remain in place for 10 to 15 minutes while you lie and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.